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Jack's Contemplation of the Month: "IGNITING CHANGE"
As we stand at the gateway to the new beginning, let us admire the powerful beauty that we are for living life beyond limits.
Buckled in next to the open spinning wheels of life – racing to “come home to ourselves”,
Recognizing that spirit is now calling us to live our lives sweetly, powerfully, and exquisitely,
Meeting choices – accurate and awesome – that stand the storms and test of time,
God given everlasting love in a responsive, comfortable, agile, and elegant body,
Muscle suspension “lubed-for-life”,
Protected for stain resistance and easy clean-ups,
User friendly controls for “smart systems”,
Working through a tasking order, allowing the infinite wisdom of our soul-self to be the guiding force,
Dismissing the egoic intellect of our thinking mind, and allowing the mind and the soul to become perfect partners,
That’s us Lord, turning for home, all flying your colors.
We have chosen to be here at this very important time. We are good, but we have to forgive and release the baggage of this “great illusion”, that we have experienced through a thousand lifetimes. Before we came in the human condition this time, our soul script included the burning away of the dross (accumulated worthless matter or slag skimmed from the surface of our person, exposing us as we are in reality). Living life beyond limits requires us to forgive it, and forgive it, all of it.
Love is what we are made of. It is an allowable – nothing we have to earn or learn. As we accept love, right and wrong, good and bad disappear as mist in the sunlight. What will we be if we just let go – absolutely awesome, exquisite, vibrant, peaceful, enthusiastic joy – feeling serenity and tranquility in our center. Ego works to get us out of that quiet space. How would we feel if our brain is not directing the energy, but our soul is. Allow our soul selves to lead us lovingly to accept our connection to our god, like being in a spiritual gym building muscle toward tapping into universal energy, leading us to be creative beyond our wildest dreams, including for igniting change. Every creation begins in love, and we will discover that we are monumental.
There is no one on the planet that is greater than you. Be expanded, be gifted and be fulfilled. Accept spiritual wisdom for what makes your heart sing. Serve others living fulfilled - this delights me so I share it.
My passion relates to entrepreneurship and business systems oriented to fresh, vibrant and healthful foods. My spirit has lovingly nudged me into sharing a concept that didn't just occur out-of-the-blue, but yet it did. How amazingly the spirit works if we just allow it.
Let us consider an amazing possibility that requires us to invent nothing except the re-inventing of our communities in the collective, communities working together and not in competition. Every town in our region, in this time of economic stagnation, appears to have multiple store-front buildings on main street that are unused, perhaps for some time. These structures may in truth be diamonds in the rough, waiting for a new creation by amazing creators.
Now let us move our attention to the food that we eat. Every lady that has a kitchen in her household and prepares the daily meals for the family, makes a concerted effort to offer cut fresh vegetables in her dietary mix. In our region, these ladies have to make difficult choices in terms of purchase decisions: quality, local or not, healthy, selection, price, availability, convenience, vendor, quantity, and package. Consider that the “buy fresh, buy local” options are seasonal and the off-seasons require that these products must be transported from Arizona, California, Mexico, and beyond, being problematic in the true sense as to freshness.
Now let us solve the two problems and build new and widespread capacity for the commercial production of fresh, first-rate, green produce for local markets year-long. The production template must eliminate seasonal limitations, adverse weather events, pests, varying soil fertility issues, labor related issues, product supply unpredictability, and for easily scaling up production, diminishing risk and increasing returns. Everyone growing vegetables throughout history has struggled with these same factors.
In 2008, my wife and I were introduced to a relatively new, revolutionary, and environmentally friendly process, in Berthoud, Colorado of all places. The process, termed aeroponics, removes soil from the normal three ingredient requirement for growing plants (soil, water, and light). We have seen how this technology can revolutionize “freshness” with scale and be commercially viable.
Aeroponically produced plants are grown in an air/mist environment using natural oxygenation, that is free from soil or an aggregate media, and managed by a microcomputer controlled pump that periodically mists a water and nutrient mix through a closed loop onto plant roots within a stand mounted chamber. Water usage is reduced by 98 percent, fertilizer usage by 90 percent and pesticide usage by 100 percent, while maximizing crop yields by 45-80+ percent. Full details are available at www.AeroponicsInternational.com.
Placing groups of these units in structures about town, will soon overwhelm the individual business owners with a large supply of product, then presenting a major processing, marketing, and distribution requirement. Growers typically are not marketers and would prefer to hand off these segments of the “growing industry” to a processing- marketing- distribution arm that serves the area-at-large, much like an area livestock sales market serves the ranching community. Product is harvested, transported to the new state-licensed center, then grower identified, cleaned, quality graded, and packaged for distribution. This part of the equation is best structured as a grower/community owned co-operative. The total operation can be operated much as the publishing of a daily newspaper, placing the customer orders/subscriptions in their hands less than 24 hours from initial harvest. Product pickup and distribution can be operated in a like manner to that of the UPS and FED-EX business models.
This concept serves every grower of green produce, from the seasonal outdoor garden, to the high tunnel and green house growers, and to the hydroponic and aeroponic producers. Can this happen in our communities? It is all about perspective. Society has trained us to stand on tiptoe and reach for our future and grab what we don't have. Our thoughts are always creating, and through the wisdom of the spirit, empower and enable us to grasp the un-named future – calling our future nows. Since we are all masters, what are we creating to share with the world? We must be fully aware of our spiritually endowed creative capabilities and our surroundings, disciplining ourselves to recognize synchronicities that support our passion, and then to act on the information, the perfect formula for igniting change.
John Kirk is co- owner of Plenty Star Ranch located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and an alumnus of Colorado State University E-mail: